Guest poster Jake Metzler discusses some novice homebrewing mistakes.
HELP MAKE CRAFT BEER HISTORY WITH LUCKY TOWN BREWING
Slouch sits down for a chat about sour and wild beers with Brandon Jones from the blog Embrace the Funk. The guys tackle a number of subjects from a homebrewer and commercial beer fan’s perspective, including: how to get started brewing beers with wild yeast, common fears and misconceptions regarding contamination, some exciting upcoming offerings that look to push sour beers further into the mainstream, and Brandon’s excellent interviews with legends Jean Van Roy and Vinnie Cilurzo and pioneering newcomers like Crooked Stave’s Chad Yakobson.
If you have already “embraced the funk” or just want to learn more about this exciting branch of the craft beer movement, check out this great conversation with a brewer and writer that is passionate and knowledgeable about these beers.
In the past, I’ve written about the flavor and scent of beer: what the bitter principles are, what off flavors are, or even what will make your beer smell bad. Something that hasn’t yet come up is the color. Most beers are some shade of yellow/brown, with tints of other colors occasionally coming in – […]
Have you ever taken that first sip of a beer and had to put the bottle down because it was skunked? You liar. You drank it anyway, didn’t you. In between some of the poop jokes on the very exclusive Aleheads email list someone mentioned skunked beer, and it got me thinking as it’s something […]
Aleheads’ legal team does a post mortem on the Bell’s / Northern Brewer fiasco. Grab a beer before you read this one–you might be awhile.
As part of my interest in the science of brewing, I thought it might be interesting to write a little bit about sugar and the role it plays in beer. Beer is composed of roughly four or five ingredients: malted grain, hops, yeast, water, and occasionally an adjunct (spices, fruit extract, etc.) that adds some […]
Lord Mashtun Copperpot and Commander Pint O. Chug spend happy hour at the Commander’s favorite beer bar in Columbus, Ohio. Part 1 of a series.
Slouch Sixpack crawls out of his hole to give Belfast Bay Brewing’s McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout 3.5 Hops.
As an avid homebrewer, I read a decent number of books about beer. Like many Aleheads, Belgiain style beers are some of my favorites – especially the Trappist beers and abbey style ales. So it was with great excitement that I recently picked up a copy of Brew Like a Monk: Culture and Craftmanship in […]
This is the third in a series of posts about how to get started with brewing your own beer. [PART 1] [PART2] At this point in your homebrewing adventure, you’ve already gone through a series of steps: your malt extract was reconstituted in water, boiled, you added hops, yeast was pitched to the cooled wort, […]
Going along with Brother Barley’s recent modification of the beer tasting section in “Beer 101,” I thought it might be interesting to write about where some of the flavors in beer come from. Although you already know that there are only 4-5 ingredients in beer (water, grain, yeast, hops, and sometimes adjuncts), craft beers can […]
Doc, the Prof, and Barley talk fermentation, barleywines, and bottling.
This is the second in a series of posts about how to get started with brewing your own beer. Last time, I talked about how to select a kit of equipment and ingredients, and how to make wort from malt extract, hops, and water. The next step in brewing is to add the yeast and […]
Doc, The Professor, and Brother Barley delve into the “brew-it-yourself” movement.
Now it’s time to get started on your first extract kit. This post will cover how to get started and brew, and my next two posts will cover fermentation and bottling. One of my personal favorite “starter” kits is Northern Brewers’ Breakfast Stout kit — it’s relatively inexpensive, and you get a great beer that’s […]
OK, so you bought the deluxe starter kit and you’re ready to begin homebrewing. You’ve convinced your wife that it’s a good idea to make a mess in the kitchen. Where do you go from here? What type of ingredient kit should you get? How do you go from water, grains, hops, and yeast to […]
Getting started with homebrewing